Musicians Like Chagall Are Leading The Way On How Electronic Music Can Be Performed See Portraits Of Chagall Taken At SXSW
AUSTIN, TX- The future of music is in evolving technologies. Whether it’s the development of a better guitar string, drum machines or even software, new technologies will pave the way artists create and present their music. Mi.Mu smart gloves are one such technology.
Conceived in 2010 by Imogen Heap, Mi.Mu gloves turns the arms and hands of performers into musical instruments by capturing movement and hand gestures with analog bend sensors. That information is then sent wirelessly via the x-OSC [a wireless input-output board] board on its wrists to a computer. This kind of technology allows electronic musicians to step out from behind their consoles to actually perform their music to an audience.
Chagall is an Amsterdam-born, London-based electronic music producer who was an early adopter of the Mi.Mu gloves. She is also part of the development team working on the software and User Experience side of things. I was immediately intrigued to see her and the way she used the Mi.Mu technology for her live performance after watching this video:
Ironically, due to technical difficulties (which were the venue’s issues and had nothing to do with Chagall’s instruments) her set time was delayed and I was unable to see her perform as I had a previously scheduled engagement that I needed to attend.
Although I wasn’t able to see her perform, we did chat for a bit about the immersive nature of her live performance that I would have experienced, especially with the visual elements that she had incorporated. After years of exploring the technology, she stressed how happy she was to be able to make music almost effortlessly with the tools that she has mastered.
Prior to my leaving the venue, Chagall was kind enough to let me snap a few photos of her. Hopefully, I’ll not only get another opportunity photograph portraits of her, but also see her perform as well.